St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

* Egg Roll Sales
Pickup date is: Friday, January 27, 2017, on a first come, first serve basis. The next pickup will be Friday, February 3, 2017. Pickup times for both dates are 2:30-3:30. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McCord at 923-3557.

* St. Bernadette's
St. Bernadette Meeting January 24, 2017, at 7:00 pm. Please don't forget your canned good donation for the food pantry.
Hostesses: Joanie Broy & Beverly Chismar

* Baptism Classes
The next Baptism class will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017, at 6:15 pm. To register, please contact Emma Tuthill at 618-982-9204 or You must register for this class to attend. In the event there are no registered parents, the class will be cancelled.

* RCIA News
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Topic: "Episode 13: A Walk Through The Mass, Exploring The Sacred Liturgy."
Presenter: Fr. Eusebius Mbidoaka
All are welcome.
Questions: Please call Sister Laura Reynolds at 618-923-4345

* EDGE Youth Group
Join EDGE as we discover more to Prayer. All youth, grades 5-12, are welcomed to attend the EDGE Youth Group for fun, faith and fellowship on Sunday, January 29, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the school! The theme is: Sacred Places. Snacks will be provided. Youth do not have to be Catholic to attend, so please bring your friends!

* World Wide Marriage Encounter
February 3-5, 2017
"I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him"
Encourage the Holy Spirit to enrich your marriage by taking part in a World Wide Marriage Encounter Weekend. To register or for more information please call: 314-649-7317 or go online at
Contacts: Ken & Tina Carrico Belleville/Springfield Encounter 618-570-8801

* The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal… bringing God’s mercy to those who need it most
I am grateful to all parishioners who have given to support the Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal in the Diocese of Belleville. I urge those who have not responded to this appeal and those who are willing to help us reach our goal to please consider giving a little more. Please, help the work of Evangelization in the Diocese of Belleville.
God bless you. Fr. Eusebius

* West Frankfort Columbian Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbian Hall

* Daughters of Isabella
Every Friday Night Bingo
6:30 pm
Herrin KC Hall

School News from the Principal

There has been a change in the date for Confirmation. It originally was scheduled for Thursday, May 11th. It is now scheduled for Thursday, May 4th at 5:30 pm. So please make note of the change.

Catholic Schools Week is January 29th — February 3rd. The week begins with 10 am Mass and Brunch on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Fr. Eusebius has asked that all children be present at this Mass. We will be having a Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Missionary Image is blessed by Monsignor Diego Monroy, Rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. So please make arrangements for your child to attend this Mass.

Keep sending in those boxtops. There will be another submission date in the Spring.

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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.